First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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I no longer trust any doctors and live in constant pain I hate living and can't wait to die I'm 43. I figure if I just don't go to the doctor for any reason I will eventually die from something hopefully it's sad! I have been living with chronic pain for four years now and never drank so I just bought a couple bottles and will become an alcoholic it will take care of my pain and hey it's legal so why not? I have been given every non narcotic pain medication known to man, went to physical therapy, chiropractor, lost weight etc. I had an x-ray that showed arthritis in my spine and degenerative disc disease and my doctor will not give me anything or send me for an mri for further study. I can't walk at times I'm losing feeling in my leg but he doesn't care nor does any other doctor I've seen so I decided two weeks ago that will be the last time I go to the doctor. I do have high blood pressure and when I run out of those pills that's it! Done with doctors!!!
I suffer from chronic pain whic is very bad . I have brain trama , spinal damage , slipped discs , herniated discs , a torn rotator cuff with at least 3 damaged nerves . My severe never goes away but was managable before this 80/20 act . Now it is not at all . Now i am bed ridden 24-7 & the only time i do anything that is a doctor visit . There are many of thousands of people like me that suffer daily just like i do & many of them speak of death now to manage it . Please find it in your hearts to reconsider this 80/20 act put into place . If anything hold the doctors who prescribe not needed medication to those that do not need it responsible & send them to prison if you must but change this 80/20 act cause so many are paying the ultimate price now with the 80/20 like me .
I suffer from severe chroni pain from brain trama , spinal damage , slipped discs , herniated discs , a torn rotator cuff , with at least 3 damaged nerves & my pain is 24-7 & the pain is severe second by second & never stops . I am disabled 100 % & have been for over 20 years . Each case should be handled seperately cause many suffer so much like me . But if the doctor is prescibing them to one that does not need them & it hurts or kills them then they should be liable & face prison time if needed . This 80/20 act is killing me with my pain level . Please reconsider this act cause i read online & many speak of death cause of their pain is to much to handle now . Us sufferers need some help from someone to redo this act . I used to live a fairly normal life but now with this 80/20 i am 100 % bed ridden & lay here moaning & crying daily cause of my pain & i know that many are doing the same as i am . I hardly ever go out to do anything now except for my doctor visits monthly . Now that my pain pump is gone i rely on medication in pill form & this 80/20 thing is hurting me & many others so very much . Please i beg you so very badly to redo this 80/20 policy . I wish that they could feel my pain for a day then it would never even be the 80/20 that is if they could live through it for that day . But they meaning who ever put 80/20 into act but i would never wish my pain even on any enemy but maybe this is what would open there eyes to what so many are going through . But what i get now is not working much at all for my pain level to help me manage & get by . I want to go back to living a life again going fishing & walking in parks enjoying nature , ect . Please for the love of god find it in yourhearts to show some mercy & pity for so many of thousands here in America the land of the free which truly does not seem it with this going on since we have to suffer so badly & so much daily . Please , please , please , look into this matter so that things can be corrected & justified for us chronic pain sufferers . Please & God Bless You for doing this for us . Thank you so very , very much .Sincerly , FloridaChris
Stop going after are doctors that are only trying to help us . We can't even get out of bed without are meds . There a big difference in needing are pain meds then dealers selling them on the street . A lot of people are going to die from this . We did not ask to be sick . Your going after the wrong people go get the pill mills . Disabled are already face with the worst problems in life .
Marijuana is natural its from God an excellent pain killer, yet its illegal and far more safer than opiates
I am a 68 year old man who has had 2 back surgeries and suffers from spinal stenosis, a torn rotator in both shoulders, a torn meniscus, fibromyalgia and SEID. I have been under strictly contgrolled pain management for the last 16 years. Not once have I ever had an issue with a dirty urine. I do not drink alcohol or smoke marijuana. Without opioid pain killers my life was a living hell on earth and now because of this new law my paion management doctor has cut my medications of 16 years in half and she told me that because of you law makers everyone will suffer! I spent 5 years in pain taking nsaids, and psychiatric meds even when my gastroenterologist warned me against them because in long term they cause ulcers and liver damage and they were not helping me! At lasst after 5 years I was referred to pain management and until last friday I was a functional human being again. That was 16 years ago. How dare you call opioid prescription drug abuse an epidemic when tobacco which is directly related to killing over 400000 persons every year are sold on the open market? What kind of hipocrisy is this? Republicans and Democrats alike; you are just wrong. Do you really think you can kill us seniors off by coming between our doctors? Well you are right. Deaths from heroin is up in seniors 600% in Florida since you voted in your sham law. Why? Because seniors who are in pain would rather die than live in pain. You Senators and Congressmen and women are such low lifes you all deserve to burn in hell and if there is a God you will and I believe there is. I guarantee when one of you find yourself on the wrong side of pain you will be the first to holler for opioids. And because you are a big shot you will get them. Most of you are alcoholic lawyers anyway and alcohol kills another 400000 persons each and every year and that is still sold in the open market also. Shame on you all. You spend years fighting with one another and getting nothing done but you jump on seniors? Really? On this you can agree? You bums. Hipocrits. Liars! My own doctors call you incompetent fools and mischief makers-not law makers. Not laws that matter anyway. You are all thiefs. On the dole. Paid off by lobbyists and special interest groups. You are taking away seniors rights to live a life without debilitating pain.
I suffer of chronic back pain since I am28 years old that is now affecting my knees and feet. I have 6 herniated disks, arthritis, and a degenerative disk disease. I am 59 years old and have never abused any medication. I have never smoked, did drugs, or drink alcohol. I haven't been able to fill my pain medication written in February and now my pharmacy tells me that won't fill it because of the way the doctor wrote the prescription. I don't understand how the pharmacy can tell me this 4 months later. The pharmacy had my prescription for 4 months and they now tell me that the doctor made a mistake. a) I don't understand the doctor's mistake in writing such prescription since I have been under his care for the last 8 years, b) why wouldn't the pharmacist tell me this earlier, the day I handed her the written prescription and left me in pain for 4 long months? Every month telling me they were waiting for a shipment and now this new reason. I can't do simple things like getting off the bed in the mornings, I walk slowly parallel to the flirt all bended, had to take time off work, (I am a college professor), can't attend family activities, and the worst part because of my pain I can't help my 5 year old granddaughter who suffers of Spinsl Muscular Athriphy and can't move from her head down. It breaks my heart to see my son not having a life because his mother can't even sit and watch his daughter while he takes a shower because in an emergency I couldn't even move to save my granddaughter. It is unfair that I am treated this way. I used to do yoga, but without medication I can't move to even do my yoga exercises. I used to be active even while in pain, because I was able to mitigate the pain through exercising and pain medication. I feel useless, abandoned by a system that by trying to stop illegal drug users and irresponsible people who abuse their medication, forgets about the responsible patients Luke myself who in 31 years have never once abused my medication. Actually when I am able to take care of my pain through pain medication, I am able to function, exercise, and be happier which helps me to use less medication, therefore, allowing a month prescription last longer. As of today, the floor is the only place I can be. Can't leave my house, can't help my family, and my question to the FDA is what have I done wrongly to be treated this way? Please help us. I am a very well educated person. I have several physicians in my family who see my suffering and deterioration without being able to help me. For this reason I am signing this petition hoping that someone can speak up for us: real suffering, responsible patients who are not looking for anything else than being treated like human beings and not criminals by our doctors and pharmacists. This is a shame! Stop being cruel! I would do anything for my 2 doggies not to be in pain, how come we live in a country that careless about human beings?
It is ridiculous that doctors are refusing to prescribe pain relief for pain in senior citizens that have chronic pain and they have treated for years. The gov is punishing decent citizens who are not street criminals. How dare they
Let me start by agreeing that there are probably people out there who "doctor shop" and try to get these drugs prescribed. I believe with the technology we have at our fingertips that this should not be a problem that is hard to spot by a doctors office. That being said, there are also the majority who have hard evidence they are SUFFERING with chronic PAIN. This is an area that the doctors are qualified enough to make that decision. When the government steps in and threatens these doctors for doing their job then we as American Citizens loose our quality of care. Our doctors have to be able to do what they know is right. They should NOT have to FEAR our government for doing what they have been trained and sworn to do. CARE FOR THEIR PATIENTS!!!!!
This is not where I imagined myself being at 56. I've had two spinal fusions, C6-7 and L4-5 L5-S1. I also have four herniated discs with 5 pinched nerves. One of the herniations in my neck is pressing on my spinal cord. My pain is moderate to severe and is constant. I've taken Percocet since 1999, having dose increased once in all those years. My PCP prescribed morphine around ten years ago. These drugs gave me a better quality of life. I was told many years ago by my doctor that I'd need to be on these for life. I walk on my treadmill and ride my indoor recumbent bike.
I live in Ohio where medical marijuana was made legal last week. I had tried some and found great relief from my nerve pain. My pain clinic had me do a urine test. Obviously I failed. Now the PM doc refuses to write opiates for me. I have never sold or given my medicine away. I have never bought off the street. Now the street looks like my only option.
There is a HUGE difference in tolerance and addiction.
Until doctors are permitted to treat real chronic pain there will be many more suicides. This isn't pain I can just live with. I can barely get out of bed as it is.
Whatever happened to do no harm? I have cried for days now and will be completely out of meds for my back in a few days. What do I do now?
No sleep, horrible serious pain, no surgeon will touch me, make matters worse..that coming from 11 doctors. Had pain meds, actually living... Until doc drops me..excuse? None. Then the stories of CDC on FDA came out about drugs.. put 2 & 2 together. Had to go to another doc..this one put me on antidepressants..one gave me nightmarish spasams in both arms n legs..got off of those, another gave me more pain n suicidal thoughts, off of them. In Wisconsin they now give you antidepressants for pain, sleeping pills for pain! Hello! Nothing works.. not even otc meds, creams, what have you! I have no life now, my husband does everything n he doesn't work because he has to take care of me. Hell my dog goes more places than I do! I'm tired, in pain constantly, have no life. Yes I've thought of the S word but I love my husband. If he doesn't leave me I'd be surprised! All he ever hears or sees is me being in considerable misery, crying n more pain. You damned *******s leave us be, leave the docs be...I need my meds..I pay for them out of pocket! This needs to stop now! I agree with the other people who wrote , there will be suicides n people buying off the streets.. please let us have a life!
I am a 58 year old female who has undergone multiple surgeries, all resulting in long term debilitating consequences. These range from incising 25+ protective nerve sheaths in my back, as a result of a previous failed chemical injection surgical procedure, turning the prolapsed disc into goop-resulting in symptoms identical to severe MS; a botched gall bladder removal of a HEALTHY gall bladder, cutting and damaging the bile duct, rrsulting in severe abdominal pain, swelling, and diarrhea for over 20 years; c- section due to gross intentional negligence, and clipping my fallopian tubes without my knowledge or acquiescence; inappropriate medications and procedures causing sevetal small strokes; and several other disastrous operations and procedures. Various treating physicians were well aware of my horrific history, causing the quick decline of my health, yet maintained a stoney wall of silence. WHY?!? Protection of their private club?!

I served my God and Country honorably for ovet 25 years. I worked internationally in peace keeping missions, as well as preventative services against traffickers. While I know I touched several hot buttons in this regard, this is NO REASON to be treated by physicians in such an unspeakably evil manner. It makes me wonder about their involvement with the growing trafficking problem

What fors it take to get necessary medical attention
A Judge ORDERED I receive lifetime medical treatments for my on the job imjury, yet the insurance company is contemptuously non- compliant. As a result, I am still being mistreated, maligned, and my records changed. The pain is more severe each day, with insufficient and incomplete treatments for my multiple conditions. Just how cruel can one group be? PRiDE- a deadly sin.
Lord forbid don't let it be their family member\s then you'll most likely see something totally different from them!!
LEAVE OUR DOCTORS TO BE DOCTORS. YOU'RE POLITICIANS NOT DOCTORS. YOUR DOING MORE DAMAGE. THE GOVERNMENT I GREW UP TO BELIEVE I LIVED IN WOULD NOT BE IN MY DOCTORS OFFICE. STOP DESTROYING THE LIVES OF PAIN PATIENTS AND DOCTORS ALL THE DEA CARES ABOUT IS ARREST NUMBERS FOR THEIR CAREERS AND CORRECTIONS CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA.
So in the state of NC, we now are faced with our meds being taken away,by my md today, you can't take over 100mg in a day,after three major surgeries,permanent nerve damage,arthritic back,bulding disc, I was decreased in meds. Now, here's the thing,JMO, this is not going to help the problem at hand,people are going to become addicted to street drugs,commit suicide,that's going to be bigger than me getting my meds. I've always followed rules,recommendations by my doctor,never failed a UA,that being said, I know that doctor's really need to step up and tell CDC,DEA,FDA that they went to school for years to become a doctor and not be so afraid of telling them, I wasn't afraid to tell her today that I like how these people that don't even know me & can tell her how to treat me, like I said this is going to be a bigger problem of illegal drug use and death.It's a sad day when the government can rule us, it's becoming very evident that this is becoming a government controlled nation. My voice will be heard because I'm not an addict, just want my quality of life just like the next person. The sad part is that us working people pay their bills, what if we took that away, no state taxes,no federal taxes, see how they handle their financial life like I'm having to deal with my physical health.I think all should be done case by case & then plan according. This is my thoughts & my voice to be heard. What kind of people treat people this way by thinking they're doing right, think again, hope they don't have sleepless nights and death threats, as in mental health is a bigger issue than someone like me,who lives in a town,knows only 5 people and mind my own business,all I've got to say is good luck with that you moron. These three groups really need to see how they're affecting law abiding citizens!!
So in the state of NC, we now are faced with our meds being taken away,by my md today, you can't take over 100mg in a day,after three major surgeries,permanent nerve damage,arthritic back,bulding disc, I was decreased in meds. Now, here's the thing,JMO, this is not going to help the problem at hand,people are going to become addicted to street drugs,commit suicide,that's going to be bigger than me getting my meds. I've always followed rules,recommendations by my doctor,never failed a UA,that being said, I know that doctor's really need to step up and tell CDC,DEA,FDA that they went to school for years to become a doctor and not be so afraid of telling them, I wasn't afraid to tell her today that I like how these people that don't even know me & can tell her how to treat me, like I said this is going to be a bigger problem of illegal drug use and death.It's a sad day when the government can rule us, it's becoming very evident that this is becoming a government controlled nation. My voice will be heard because I'm not an addict, just want my quality of life just like the next person. The sad part is that us working people pay their bills, what if we took that away, not state taxes,no federal taxes, see how they handle their financial life like I'm having to deal with my physical health.I think all should be done case by case & then plan according. This is my thoughts & my voice to be heard. What kind of people treat people this way by thinking they're doing right, think again, hope they don't have sleepless nights and death threats, as in mental health is a bigger issue than someone like me,who lives in a town,knows only 5 people and mind my own business,all I've got to say is good luck with that you moron. These three groups really need to see how they're affecting law abiding citizens!!
The fact that NSAIDS are terrible for you (heart attack, etc) and that they almost always give me severe gastritis is a SURE sign I can't take them NOT a SURE sign I'm an addict!
It's sad when someone is dying, in a lot of pain and they cannot get help! Shame on the government for not allowing people who truly need the medication to live some sort of quality of life to not having a life at all and even perhaps committing suicide for relief!
People who suffer chronic pain should be able to get all the pain meds they need!
what people who suffer from chronic pain do not realize is that its about politics.The Dea,cdc,fda are all government entities. We have made petitions to senators for our rights to be treated and they have ignored us.I could write about my abuse by doctors and my pain all day /night long.It won't change a thing ,plus I'm not looking for sympathy have mentioned article V from the original constitution to be acted on due to an overreaching federal government that is out of control.To be forced to have mandatory health care and not get that health care really is theft of service.I have been told by pain groups on face book if you want to talk about politics, there are groups for that.I suffer from chronic pain and I am being discriminated against for nerve damage,I have had no medicine for over a year.I did not need rehab because as the Dea has said people with nerve damage that take pain medicine are addicts.So who benefits from me living in constant pain with mandatory health care i can't use? And please do not forget it was politicians who made the Dea.
I live with chronic pain.I think it sad that because drug addicts people who truely need these meds to have any quality of life aren't able to get what's needed. Were treated poorly, looked down on ect. When all we want is to be able to get through a day without laying in bed crying in pain. So many of us suffer and the druggies will still find ways to get what they want. I became a Nurse to help people but I see so many of us being hurt instead of helped.
The DEA should stop targeting doctors who treat pain. Doctors should be supported in their compassionate desire to help their patients manage their chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a disease and is no different than a diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease. These patients are treated with drugs yet chronic pain suffers are treated without dignity or the same rights as other patients.
The most inhumane thing has just happened to me my doctor office just advised me that my doctor's license were suspended and I was to see him in 2 days which means I will not have my medication until I find a new doctor which will take 40 days and I will end up in the ER or commit suicide I cannot live with the chronic pain of Interstitial Cystitis a bladder disease. Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Back Pain. It is like having open heart surgery and the surgeon opening you up and just leaving you there on the table. Where is the compassion?
Change this before it's too late!!!!Your making street drug crime BIGGER!Help us!!
Please sign the petition below regarding the absurd "Lifeboat Tax" . Why are chronic pain pts and our LIFESAVING MEDS continually being beaten down by the corrupt penpushers in congress!? First, you force thousands and thousands, millions even, of legitimate chronic pain patients to suffer, to endure severe daily pain, you strip innocent law abiding citizens who are chronically ill of thier LIFESAVING MEDS , lowering them to INEFFECTIVE DOSES OR ABRUPTLY STOPPED, sending MANY legit pain pts to the streets for relief or worse SUICIDE! You take our QUALITY OF LIFE, leaving us bedridden, depressed, suicidal, CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN KILLS WHEN LEFT UNTREATED!! NOW YOU WANT THE CHRONICALLY ILL WHO ARE BEING NEGLECTED, ABUSED, MISTREATED, DEGRADED, AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST TO PAY FOR ADDICTS ADDICTION TREATMENT!? TAXING OUR LIFESAVING MEDS THAT MANY OF US CAN'T AFFORD AS IT IS! WHY ARE PAIN PTS BEING PUNISHED !? YOU ALL HAVE TAKEN YOUR WAR ON PAIN PTS WAY TO FAR! FOR GOD SAKE PEOPLE ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE TO ESCAPE THE SEVERE PAIN, EVERYDAY MORE AND MORE INNOCENT LIVES OF THE SUFFERING ARE LOST B/C OF GVNMNT INTERFERENCE AND DENYING US OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO MEDICINE!

http://www.petition2congress.com/20286/stop-opiate-tax-aka-lifeboat-act/view/
It took me many years to find out why my body and joints hurt so badly all the time. At the age of 57, I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and spondylitis.I am now 63 I take Tramadol daily. My Dr. has reduced the dosage by half due to CDC guidlines. I resent being lumped in with suicidal people and drug addicts. I struggle daily to keep my house clean and care for my farm animals. I have nowhere near the quality of life I used to have.The tramadol only eases the pain a small amount.I truly can't take anti inflamatory drugs because they cause extreme stomach and abdominal pain. Why am I going to be punished when I have done nothing wrong and I am an old lady? Sometimes my joints hurt so bad I am unable to walk.40 people a year die of overdoses? Maybe they are suicidal and dont want to live. I would guess more than 40 people a year die slipping and falling, etc. This is not an epidemic.
This escalation of the erosion of our rights headed by the current socialist administration is unconscionable. The government has no business interfering in the doctor/patient relationship. Expect it to get worse if Hilary is elected. God help this country.
My mother was a victim of abuse for over 30 you years. The MRI,S AND XRays, any other test result are similar to a person hit by a 18 wheeler.. She had been on the we pain meds, without early refills or upimg dose for over 13 years then on.month was cut off... Allowed muscle relaxers.. And one percocet four a day... Its not even close to OK.. SHE IS NOT A ADDICT!!!! I myself have severe nerve pain and denied help I'm 36, I don't wanna get high!! I just want to.bare the.pain... We know it may NEVER go away all.the way but to be able to function is all that matters... This is no way exist!!! Morphine, methadone are OLD TRIED AND TRUE MEDS that work!!!! Don't male our lives hell!! Please have some kind of compassion... The ones in real.pain aren't selling what they need ... Its the ER DOCS that hand out vicodin like m&ms , for a bumped arm.. Not true chronic pain suffers!!!
I suffer from chronic pain due to three back surgery's the last one fusion. I i found releaf through pain meds that our now being taking from me by the D.E.A . WHO GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO TELL MY EX DOCTOR how much pain i should live with .I hope noone in there family has to be told to deal with the pain
I have suffered from chronic pain nearly half of my life due to severe arthritis and spinal degeneration.
Most doctors are so fearful of the DEA that they will either minimally treat for pain or not at all. Proper use and the right amount of applied prescription pain medication is not drug abuse. I agree there are those that abuse prescription drugs, but not by those that really need prescription pain medication to function and have some semblance of a quality life.
Doctors who under treat or won't treat, just force patients to seek out alternative ways to cope with their debilitating pain, often times illegal and illicit drugs.
I have a rare neuroimmunologic autoimmune disease and because most doctors don't know about it I am being basically left to fend for myself while I watch my life fall apart!
2014 I was selling my motorcycle tried to go around the block when I was run over buy farm tractor and trailer I have multiple tramas even a broken back t9 and 4 blown discs brokey shoulder in 3 pieces laseration on left leg and knocked out my teeth my doctor retired and no one wants to help me out I am loosing everyone and everything I love just left to suffer !!!!!!!!
How can Congress dictate to our doctors of what medicine regiment is best for us since you've taken my pain meds I no longer work because I'm in severe pain and I have so many allergies to Medicine that you basically made it impossible for me to receive any kind of relief from pain I once was a functioning adult providing for my family taking care of my mother and father working the farm and doing what I love hair I am now reduced to Not working because The pain i have is unbearable That i No longer function I am no longet Happy No one Cares to be around Me Beacuse I am Mean because of The pain Norco are Not THE DRUG YOU MAKE IT OUT TO BE IT HELPS PEOPLW IN PAIN FUNCTION IN SOCIETY AND TAKE CARE OF ARE FAMILYS ARE ANIMALS .YOU ARE MAKING PEOPLE COMMET SUICIDE BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT DEAL WITH THERE QUALITY OF LIFE
I am living with severe chronic pain and was informed by my doctor that my pain medication is to be tapered down because of research studies suggest that I am taking too much...

Wait? Does my actual pain matter, or am I being treated according to a study that I was not even a participant. I have been undertreated for my back pain and suffering alone and isolated. When will chronic pain patients be treated with the same compassion as any other patient? I am so depressed and devastated, considering suicide!
Our representatives are failing us while the DEA is CAUSING the increase in heroin deaths because they have threatened doctors, criminalized legitimate pain patients and made controlled and managed opiate users the new lepers all in a psychopathic thrust to justify their existence. They should be jailed. Stop the illegal drugs and stay away from our doctors.
I fell off my parents garage when I was 15, over the years I learned to live with the pain in my shoulder, after many years of agony my doctor offered pain killers, I refused for 5 years. The first prescription sat on my counter for 3 weeks, fear of the unknown.. I took the first pill finally and I could not believe the relief.. So now after 9 years my doctor dumps me like I'm a drug addict.. Ahhh, wait a minute here ...
How do we legislate pain ? I'm 63 years old and all I want to do is make it to 66 to retire...
What the hell is going on here, I have never once abused any drugs, never smoked weed and now suddenly this is my fault ???? WHAT ?
Can I go after the doctor here ????? I'm now in agony !!!
People who endure chronic pain are already suffering. When you have chronic pain, your life is altered. Even simple things, like basic house cleaning, becomes torturous. The pain can get so bad that you feel sick to your stomache. And this is WITH the medication, including opiates. Without this medication, many of us who suffer from chronic pain would be completely bedridden. I have severe back issues with unknown cause. My entire spine is involved. My MRI report for my neck alone is 2 pages long. I am not an addict, I did not choose this. And millions of other people are in a similar situation. No real consideration is being given for chronic pain patients. Instead, these patients are finding themselves without the medication that they need to reduce the pain they suffer from. This must change.
June 8, 2016 My Pain Story.
I am a 71 yr. old woman with many pain problems.

In the 1981 I was in a camper explosion I had 3rd degree burns. Two years later I had the first of 3 neck surgeries related to that accident leaving me in constant pain (Iím a pain in the neck)/ There are many stressors that happened to me that were very hard including my wonderful husband who died in 1983 at age 39. This accident and my husband dying was a big stressor. I then got hepatitis and Mononucleosis at the same time. I am fortunate in that I am not depressed and have a positive attitude.

I fell and tore ligaments in my foot, I had a few more surgeries (the outcome was a huge failure; I trusted Drs.) my left foot is now is contorted and in continual pain.

In the early 90ís I saw a very qualified Dr at Minor & James Clinic in Seattle, he was a rheumatologist. After several visits he told me I had Fibromyalgia, my grandmother and aunts had this too. My FM is very bad and in my opinion all the surgeries (some I wonít list now) I had and the burns probably made the FM worse.

My Rheumatologist tried several medicines on me that I could not take. I went to the Univ. of Washington Fibromyalgia Study for months and tried many other things to help the pain (biofeedback, meditation, swimming and a tens machine). Finally in the 90ís oxycontin became available and my Dr. started me on this. I have been on 20 mg 3 x day for all these years; I never took extra pills in all that time. When oxycontin isnít working as well I decided to take less for a week or two. When I went back on my regular dose I could tell that oxycontin worked as before. My Dr thought that was a good idea; I repeat this program when I need to.

We moved from Seattle to Northern Idaho in 2011, no Dr would take me because I was a pain patient and on oxycontin, not even a GP. I picked a GP and wrote her a resume as if I was trying to find a job. I wanted her to know me and hopefully accept me as a patient; she did but she would not prescribe my oxycontin. I had to travel to Minor & James Clinic which was 800 miles round trip every quarter where my Dr saw me and kept me on the same program.

My Dr in Seattle retired and then real hell began. The Dr that took over for him did not want to prescribe oxycontin. I saw her once and then got a letter from Minor & James Clinic (they are part of the U of W hospital), it said that they were not going to keep me as a patient, they actually threw ALL PAIN Patients out of their clinic! Other Drs are doing the same thing throughout the US. Can you imagine going to the same clinic for over 15 years and all of a sudden the government decides to go after Drs and people who need pain relievers (opioids) are told not to come back and offered NO recommendations! I canít help but think our human rights are being violated!

The CDC, FDA, DEA are the agencies that are making the rules; they are not doctors, just political with an agenda. My life is
I have had sever debilitating pain in my ankle spawning from a injury 6 years ago I have had 3 doctors ignore my complaint about intolerable pain that causes a sever impact on my life. I often have been told to have surgery if I want the pain to go away. Surgery is a 100% sure fire way to get rid of my pain but it's always the first suggestion by doctors.
How do you increase supply and demand ? First you control all the product . Then you eliminate the competition . Yes , I am , talking about medicine . One mans medicine is truly another mans poison . The Dea is making people suffer from unbearable pain by controlling who gets and not gets the medicine , they are not rehab specialist nor doctors . What they are achieving is Genocide of American people . They need to stop the illegal dealers and non license providers of these street drugs as designed to do . They are committing a crime against humanity to make people suffer in pain . As in any war you do not interfere with they medical profession to take care of the sick and wounded . Addicts have not sought help because of the fear to be arrested and have the label of addict on their social records by the dea . Now add to the mix people in bad pain where do they supposed to get help if doctors are not allowed to help ? I have read many articles of dea agents re selling confiscated narcotics on the streets the same people who are supposed to be protecting us . This needs to stop .
I cannot believe this inhumane treatment we are subjected to , this is an attack on the disabled , handicapped , sick and elderly citizens of our country. This suffering needs to stop . Even cancer patients are being cut off their medications .Shame on the politicians and DEA . WE do vote you know and guess what we won't be voting for you jerks .
I have cancer . I suffer each and every day with pain . I'm also a single mom . I need medication to give me a good quality of life . Please don't let me suffer pain is so debilitating 😞
My name is Michael Walden, I suffered from being struck by a car in windsor MO and its on record for anyone who wants to check it out, My primary physicians kept me on pain killers for years until I chose holistic medicines, however they never gave me what I needed, I had to find that remedy myself by experimenting with different herbal formulations (legal ones of course) because they wouldnt prescribe me the proper amount and I was even told they could not for fear of losing their license (as I was close with my personal physician as a person outside of work.) That was him talking to me his personal friend for fear of losing his license. That is insane which is why I deemed it necessary to stop I didnt want him in an uncomfortable position and I was heavily addicted to opiates from having to take different amounts on different regiments to keep me in good shape quote unquote "good shape" a.k.a lumbering around like a zombie. I don't like prescriptions to this day, but doctors shouldnt have to make decisions like the one mine had to make especially when you can see the pain in their face when they know they are writing you a sentence of suffering and pain. Forgive me for the rant. Feel free to contact me at botanicalbros@gmail.com for any information regarding what I said / any required information you may need to validate my testimonials (x-rays medical files police report etc.)
I've been escorted out of an ER in a wheelchair unable to walk due to Lymes flaring up. Obviously I was some kind of junkie looking for a quick buzz... despicable that those who took an OATH would assume such.
My wife has chronic pain, it has changed our lives. I am one American who is tired of the constant ******** from Washington D.C. Either help or get out! Our life in pain, is destroying us. Can't go out, can't walk can't smile and all I hear is restrictions. Screw you and if this continues I am going to see to it you know what pain is...

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